thrusterGoing to the gym and throwing around some iron is actually pretty easy. Most gym-goers have a general idea of what a pushup looks like or how to use the leg press machine, but what’s lacking, is the knowledge in deciding what exercise choice makes the most sense.

Choosing the best exercise based on your specific training goals, previous injury history and current fitness level can be a little tricky, especially with the vast amount of contradictory fitness information out there. What’s important to know is that not all exercises are created equally. Certain exercises are actually more effective than others at achieving specific training outcomes; therefore, it’s fair to say that a leg press has a different training outcome compared to a barbell back squat.

To help clear up the confusion, I collaborated with the top fitness professionals in the industry to come up with a list of exercise favorites, which are all context based and outcome specific. Remove the guesswork from your training and check out my debut article on Livestrong.com “16 Exercise Favourites from the World’s Best Trainers.”

Here’s a short video of me explaining my favourite exercise for driving your metabolism and calorie burn into overdrive: The Thruster

I prefer this exercise be performed with kettlebells but dumbbells work too. I’m not a huge fan of thrusters with a barbell because the rigidness of the bar doesn’t play to well with banged up shoulders or stiff spines. Those people shouldn’t be doing thrusters in the first place, but I’ll leave that for another day.

Enjoy the read and please leave your comments below.

-JK

I’ve always struggled with both my weight and anxiety throughout my life. As a writer you live a pretty sedentary lifestyle filled with both realistic and unrealistic deadlines, so I needed something to get me off my butt and to get me moving. JK has been a godsend during this past year and a half in particular. The pandemic has been tough, but workouts with both Thomas and Jon have really helped reduce the stress and strain of a global pandemic, and added an anchor of normalcy back into my life — which has been worth its weight in gold.

JKC has created an incredibly inclusive environment that’s filled with all kinds of supportive folks from all kinds of different backgrounds. For folks like myself, being surrounded by people with such athletic ability can be intimidating in most gyms. It can actually be a deterrent, and it sometimes has been for me. But, at JKC it’s far from that — it’s inspirational. Everyone supports one another. Which is something that’s not easily found in this day and age, inside of a gym or out. Not to sound like a total cheeseball here, but it really feels like a family.

I am turning 67 next month and I started my journey with JKC in 2018. Seven years ago I experienced significant foot pain which had a negative impact on my day to day activities. I learned that issues in other parts of the body need to be addressed to achieve a positive result. My doctor (Dr. Jessica Wade) suggested, along with some other therapies, that I could  benefit from the conditioning JKC had to offer. I previously had not trained in any gym. I observed how many gyms operated and had a sense that JKC would be more my style: training in a small group setting, having such personal attention, and a program meeting my specific needs is fantastic! I love the atmosphere at the gym. Everyone is accepted and you feel supported and comfortable.

I have never previously seen the passion and level of care that Jon and Thomas bring to everyone who works out at JKC. Their knowledge, insight and skills are extraordinary, and they work with everyone individually to ensure the best possible results. The attention to detail and to every person’s specific requirements and goals, and the incredible, constant encouragement they provide, is, in my opinion, what truly distinguishes JKC from any other program in which I’ve participated. I am extremely pleased with the progress I’ve achieved thus far, and it’s largely attributable to Jon and Thomas and the approach they take to training and working with people.

Tara Rector-Whelan

Personal Strength Training by Thomas King

I started at JKC after a good friend recommended it to me. She had been coming for about a year and I was envious of her great results. I felt sluggish after failing to motivate myself with various home workout routines. I love the fun and relaxed atmosphere at JKC. It’s such a comfortable gym space and I enjoy knowing so many of the people I work out with. Jon and Thomas make an effort to introduce everyone to each other and with all the joking around,  it starts to feel like a family. Not to mention the awesome results. I’ve always liked to run on a treadmill but I’ve never had the drive to lift weights on my own. Going to JKC makes me accountable which was what I really needed. I feel so much stronger and healthier than I did 4 years ago when I started.

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